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Straight Talk: Health Care Leaders on COVID-19

May 14, 2020

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In this virtual Straight Talk event, hear from a doctor who is treating COVID-19 patients, a CEO whose hospital was at the epicenter of the first outbreak of the virus here in the U.S., a leading disease researcher, and a pathologist, all of whom will share thoughtful insight on the current status of their facilities, what’s next and when they expect treatments to begin to become widely available.

This event is sponsored by:
Presenting Partner, SABEY
Silver Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente


Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD – Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington
Geoffrey Baird, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified pathologist at UW Medicine, interim chair of Laboratory Medicine, a professor of Laboratory Medicine and an adjunct professor of Pathology. He directs the Clinical and Toxicology Chemistry Laboratory at Harborview Medical Center.

Nancy Davidson, MD – President & Executive Director – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Senior Vice President, Clinical Research Division – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Head, Medical Oncology – University of Washington
An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians, Dr. Davidson is a member of the scientific advisory boards as well as external advisory boards of many foundations and cancer centers. She has also served as President of both the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) — the two largest organizations for cancer researchers and oncology professionals in the world. Dr. Davidson earned her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Davidson completed a medical oncology fellowship at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. She is the 2018 recipient of the ASCO Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award, which recognizes a recipient who has drastically changed the oncology field or who has made significant contributions to advance the mission of ASCO, CancerLinQ LLC, or Conquer Cancer through the honoree’s ability to lead and inspire. In May of this year, she was elected to the 239th class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

George Haddad, MD – Co-founder, COVID Response Partners
Dr. Haddad received a combined undergraduate and medical education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After gaining early acceptance to medical school, he pursued studies in philosophy, German and ancient Greek, spending his final undergraduate semester at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. He then received a teaching fellowship at Yale University and completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine. In 2001 Dr. Haddad moved to Seattle and started his clinical practice as a founding member of the hospitalist team at the Swedish Medical Center. He recently served as medical director of the P4 Medicine Institute and is currently an investigator for a COVID-19 research project at the Institute for Systems Biology. In April 2020 he joined Dr David R Ohlson and founded COVID Response Partners (, a consulting firm helping organizations “get back to work.”

Jeff Tomlin, MD – CEO, Evergreen Health
Dr. Jeff Tomlin became CEO of EvergreenHealth in July 2019, and is responsible for the leadership of all aspects of EvergreenHealth’s purpose, mission and vision. He had served as interim CEO since March 2019. Dr. Tomlin came to EvergreenHealth in 1990 as a staff anesthesiologist after completing medical school and his residency at the University of Washington. He was subsequently named medical director for the Evergreen Surgical Center, and then added the medical directorship for surgical services at EvergreenHealth. In 2010, he joined the executive team as senior vice president and Chief Medical and Quality Officer. He has served on the Northshore School District Wall of Honor Committee, and in 2017 was named winner of the Seattle Business Magazine Washington Leaders in Health Care Award for Outstanding Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer.

Emily Parkhurst – President and Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal

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